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Ford Racing 2 for OS X
8:03 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

French gaming site LudoMac picked up a recent announcement from Feral Interactive that the UK-based company would be bringing Ford Racing 2 to Mac OS X. Ford Racing 2 is a sequel to a popular console/PC racing title which exclusively features Ford vehicles from their past, current, and even concept lines.

The word apparently came from this week's GamesomeMac radio show, though as of this writing, the Feral site has yet to be updated. The game features eight different game modes and 17 tracks to race on. Here are the preliminary system requirements from the title:

  • Mac OS X 10.2
  • 800MHz G3
  • 256MB RAM
  • Video card with 32MB VRAM
  • 500MB HD space
Stay tuned to IMG for the official announcement from Feral soon, as well as more on Ford Racing 2 as it heads towards release.

Ford Racing 2
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C&C: Generals Giveaway Winners, New UT 2004 Giveaway
2:11 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG and Aspyr's giveaway of Command & Conquer: Generals has ended and we've randomly picked three lucky winners. Each will be receiving a free copy of the game. Their names are:

Michael Rankin
Essexville, MI

Shawn Cook
Belvidere, NJ

Mike Acton
Toronto, Canada

IMG and MacSoft are teaming up to offer a new giveaway, this time featuring the recently released first-person shooter, Unreal Tournament 2004. Five winners will be announced next Friday, May 14th. To enter the giveaway, please follow the link below.

IMG Giveaway

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IMG Previews Black Hawk Down
12:25 PM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

IMG has posted a hands-on preview of Aspyr's upcoming action game, Delta Force: Black Hawk Down based on a recent beta. Here's a clip from the preview:

First things first. The main incident the game is based on really happened. It’s fascinating history. There’s an amazing book written about the incident, and the book was even turned into a movie by Ridley Scott. But other than being based on the same incident, the game has nothing to do with the book or film. There are no tie-ins, no big name actors, no movie clips. Just lots and lots of action. In fact, the events in the game’s storyline start months before the incident when the two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. You arrive as part of a peacekeeping force intent on delivering supplies to refugees, and the carnage doesn’t end for another 15 missions, some of them factually based, others purely fictitious. (There are strong rumors of a secret 16th mission if you make it through the rest of the game.)
To check out the entire preview, please follow the link below.

IMG Preview: Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
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Feral Friday: XIII Gold, Worms 3D Shipping Next Week
9:54 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Today's update of Feral Interactive's news page brings great news on two of their eagerly awaited products. XIII, the cartoon-styled agent FPS brought to us by the porting wizards at Zonic has gone Golden Master and should be shipping later this month.

The second title in their news is another offspring of Zonic's hard work. Worms 3D, the crazy tactical turn-based annelid shooter is ready to start shipping some time next week.

From the update:

XIII our upcoming cel-shaded shooter has gone GOLD today and even as we write the GM is winging it's way towards the replicators.
Head over to Feral's news site with help of the link provided below to get the full scoop.

For those of you that want more information on these two titles, head over to Feral's mini sites for information, or take your time to read our hands-on previews of the games.

And if you haven't done so already, both of these cool Feral titles are available for pre-order through the IMG Store.

IMG Preview: XIII
IMG Preview: Worms 3D
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Feral Interactive
Worms 3D
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GameRanger 4.0 Released
8:50 AM | Johan Hansén | Comment on this story

Today a new version of the popular Macintoshonly online gaming service, GameRanger, has been released. The biggest change to GameRanger 4.0 is the introduction of ladders, ratings, and rankings for the members with a paid premium account.

List of Changes:

Added Ladders, Ratings, and Rankings for competitive play for Premium members:
  • Can host ranked or unranked game rooms
  • Tracks rank, rating, dispute %, games, wins, losses, % wins, streak, and last game date
  • Provisional and established ratings
  • Multiple ladders supported per game
  • All statistics viewable in GameRanger for easy access
  • New game room window showing for all users: statistics, ping time, and Ready state
  • Joiners must click their "Ready" checkbox before the game can start
  • Automatic dispute mechanism

    Added a transparency fade effect for some windows
    Added Cmd-Shift-H shortcut for Hosting Help

  • To install the new version, you just have to launch your copy of GameRanger and it will download and install the update automatically.

    If you want to find out more about the GameRanger Premium Membership, head over to GameRanger's site.

    GameRanger: What's New?

    MacBroadcast LLC acquires MacRadio
    8:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    MacBroadcast has recently announced its acquisiton of MacRadio, a net-based radio network centered around the Mac. MacRadio is home to several programs, including Sean Smith's own The Gamesome Mac, as well as other Mac-related shows.

    MacRadio began broadcasting in 2001, and today reaches over 10,000 listeners around the globe each month via QuickTime streaming through weekly radio programs like "The Gamesome Mac," "MacKaos," and "The Mac Night Owl LIVE."
    It's always nice to have more successful Mac-themed media outlets, and the Gamesome Mac in particular has been instrumental in providing weekly interviews from various game developers in the Mac community. We hope the acquisition only serves to strengthen MacRadio's shows.

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    Custer's Confidential Creation
    8:03 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

    IMG's Brad Custer has updated his desktop section again today with another creation for fans of the upcoming stylistic shooter, XIII. Here's a snippet of what he had to say:

    It's obvious with the pending release of XIII from Feral Intactive looming on the horizon that it's a hot topic. Just look at the email in my box if you don't believe me. Personally, I've been resisting the urge to buy it for my Playstation 2, but each week it gets a little harder to do. However, filling the request for another desktop for this title has helped. Somewhat. ;) In this week's offering I wanted create a scene like you might see in an actual comic book. So, with the help of Feral Interactive, I was able to create this wallpaper. I simply entitled it, "Last Moments", because you don't have long to live with a gun that's just been fired staring you in the face. ;) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. :)
    To download the desktop, head over to the Custer's Desktop section with the help of the link provided below. There you can preview the desktop and download it in the resolution of your choice.

    IMG Desktops
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    Freeverse Mother's Day Sale
    8:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    In the U.S., Mother's Day is just around the corner. Being the nice folks that they are, the Freeverse crew are offering what they have dubbed their "Mother's Day Guilt-Shelter Sale." Several games have been discounted by $5, including 3D Spades Deluxe, 3D Bridge Deluxe, and X-Words Deluxe.

    "Let's face it, a lot of us spend a lot of times playing computer games and getting mother-induced guilt for being recluses," said Dan Dickinson, Freeverse CTO. "What better way to bridge this parent-child digital divide with your Mom than by playing a network game? Our quick market research shows that most mothers don't enjoy World War 2 first person shooters, but many enjoy a good game of cards or crosswords."
    While the sale does provide the opportunity to get that perfect gift for one's mother, we suspect Freeverse wouldn't mind if buyers were to throw in a little something for themselves as well. Those looking to place an order can do so at Freeverse's online store.

    Freeverse Provides Mother's Day Guilt-Shelter Sale

    Fulcrum's Fall in Development
    8:03 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

    Shareware newcomer Red Knight Enterainment is currently developing an RPG for the Mac using the Coldstone game engine originally developed by Beenox and distributed by Ambrosia. Titled Fulcrum's Fall, the game tasks players with the mission of investigating the disappearance of the Emperor's missing cargo.

    Some of the listed features are as follows:

    • Adventure as a party of three Emperors Glaives, Kohas, Carra and Malachai as you traverse 21 overhead maps in search of your objective.
    • Get sucked into battle with over 30 enemies commanded by the evil wizard Kiramanon.
    • Gain levels, items and additional weapons from villagers, enemies and locals in the forests.
    • Follow along the twisting engaging story, as your mission and the truth unfold into a dark and dangerous adventure.

    Various preview shots, including level maps, portraits, and monster sketches, are available at the official site. Fulcrum's Fall is currently slated for a June release.

    Fulcrum's Fall
    Ambrosia Software

    Mac Games News for Thursday, May 6, 2004

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    ATI Announces, Ships Radeon X800 VPU10:35 AM
    Freeverse Releases BumperCar Demo8:58 AM
    Apple Bites into Worms 3D7:47 AM
    ATI Displays Utility, 10.2.8 Radeon Drivers Updated7:47 AM
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